The delivery would have a lot to gain with the help of robots and other drones, autonomous or not. In the United States, things are starting to take shape, especially for e-commerce giant Amazon.
We know that the Amazon has been dreaming of being able to deliver its packages by means of drones for a long time. Some time ago, the American giant had even tried. Today, it seems that the e-commerce specialist can finally begin to examine the issue much more closely. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – the government agency responsible for civil aviation regulations and controls in the United States – has just authorized Amazon to conduct commercial delivery tests by UAV.
FAA authorizes Amazon to conduct commercial UAV delivery tests
With this new FAA endorsement, the Amazon giant can now go further in delivering drones and prove its hand in commercial delivery through its small flying machines. This should greatly accelerate the development of the subject.
According to David Carbon, Vice President of Amazon, “This certification is an important step toward Prime Air and a strong indicator of the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operational and safety procedures for a self-contained UAV delivery service that will one day be able to deliver packages to our customers worldwide.
When and where will these tests begin? Mystery
At the moment, no one knows when or where these tests will begin, but as Bloomberg points out, Amazon has a number of test sites, particularly in the Northwest and Vancouver. Therefore, it is quite possible that the tests in question will begin in these areas. That said, they will only be tests. In other words, it is quite possible that this UAV package delivery service will not be available to the general public for several years. It may also never see the light of day.
Amazon is not alone in working to establish a drone delivery service. Since UAVs can evade road traffic and go directly to their destination, UAVs could be very convenient for delivering packages in relatively nearby areas. The process would also be much faster. However, in return, the aircraft would have to pass through the refueling bay fairly regularly and the drones would have to settle for the lighter packages.
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